The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has opened up to the public how go about requesting information from the Commission under the Freedom Of Information Act, FOIA.
The Act allows individuals, groups, associations or organisations the right to access information from government agencies, parastatals, federal civil service, private and public sector organizations providing public services, etc.
Clarifying what it would take to get information from it, NCC said in a report it made public that those eligible to make requests are; any person, group, association, organization, etc. can make a request for information under the FOIA.
The request must be in writing with a clear description of the information being sought, and in compliance with specific institutional requirements
On how the request is made, NCC said; to get information under the FOIA, a request must be made either electronically (e.g. email) or by letter in written form, describing the information sought for, and the preferred format of the response, in as much detail as possible.
NCC explained the time limits for which information requested must be provided.
It said unless an exemption applied, the information, if it is held by the Commission, must be provided to the requester within seven working days.